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Anna-Kristiina Kaappola has been an ensemble member of the Finnish National Opera since her studies at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. Her repertoire extends from the Baroque to contemporary music. Her brilliant interpretation as the Queen of the Night has taken her all over Europe (Paris, Toulouse, Covent Garden, Aix-en-Provence, Salzburg) and to the Metropolitan Opera New York (2007). A welcome guest on the stages of Berlin, Dresden, Frankfurt, Hamburg, and Leipzig, she performs Konstanze, Adele, Zaïde, Galatea, and Gilda. In 2009, she made debuts in New Orleans (Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra) and at the Weill Hall/Carnegie Hall in New York. Conductors in concert and opera have included Riccardo Muti (La Scala and Salzburg Festival), Jos van Immerseel (Anima Eterna), Jean-Christophe Spinosi (Ensemble Matheus), Esa-Pekka Salonen (Helsinki Festival), Hans-Christoph Rademann (RIAS Kammerchor), and René Jacobs (Akademie für Alte Musik). Role debuts as Alice Ford (Falstaff) and Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring, Helsinki) as well as Violetta (La traviata, Vaasa) open new perspectives on her versatile performance skills.

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This blog is dedicated to the release of Mozart: The Magic Flute by René Jacobs, to be released on harmonia mundi by the end of September 2010. Enjoy the discovery of this tremendous recording.